Federal Grant Helps Students Prepare for College

OGDEN, Utah – Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Weber State University and the Ogden City School District are combining and increasing their efforts to guide local high school and middle school students on the path to a college degree.

WSU recently received a $1.1 million federal TRIO grant to start the Talent Search Program at Ben Lomond and Ogden high schools, as well as Central and Mount Ogden middle schools. The grant, which will be dispersed over the next five years, will provide added resources for 600 students annually in grades seven through 12.

The program, which includes offices at each school, will assist students with career planning, academic counseling, financial aid and scholarship applications, parental workshops, college-entrance exam preparation and enrollment at a postsecondary institution of their choice.

“We believe this grant will help provide the necessary tools for students, who have the potential to go to college, to see it as an option and receive the guidance they need to achieve this goal,” said Ruth Stubbs, program coordinator.

New staff members have been hired to help support the program and allow for repeated contact of students at each school. Staff also will help expose both parents and students to college campuses and resources.

The U.S. Department of Education started the Talent Search Program to “increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in postsecondary education institutions of their choice.” To be eligible for the grant, two-thirds of the students served must be from low-income families and potential first-generation college students. For the 2006 fiscal year, more than $145 million will be spent nationwide on the Talent Search Program.

This program is awarded at $220,000 annually and is completely federally funded. For more information, call (801) 626-7006.

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Contact:

Ruth Stubbs, Educational Talent Search coordinator
(801) 626-7096 • rstubbs@weber.edu

Carl Porter, Academic Support Services & Programs executive director
(801) 626-6872 • cporter@weber.edu

ed.gov/programs/triotalent/index.html

Author:
Travis Clemens, assistant director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7948 • travisclemens@weber.edu